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Origins Available: Belgium, English


Boler is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Boler family lived in Lancashire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's former residence in Boulard, in Calvados, in Normandy.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Boler are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Boler include Bowler, Boler, Boaler and others.

First found in Lancashire. They were originally from Boulard in Calvados, Normandy, and arrived in England with Duke William of Normandy at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066. One of the first records of the name was Baldwin de Boulers, who came to England in 1105 and was granted the Lordship of Montgomery, Powys by marriage to Sybil de Falaise. Hen Domen, (Welsh: "old mound") , a medieval timber motte-and-bailey castle in Powys, Wales was the home of the de Boulers (Bowdler) family and was founded by Baldwin de Boulers. Today, a permanent exhibition can be found on the site.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boler research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1459, 1437, 1450, 1450, 1453, 1453 and 1459 are included under the topic Early Boler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Boler, or a variant listed above:

Boler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Little Boler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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The Boler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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